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Dallas Sierra Club Calendar

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Service Outing IconMay 14 (Sat) White Rock Lake Clean-up

Walk and talk while picking up trash and recyclables at the Sierra Club's adopted section of White Rock Lake Park. Meet at 8:15 AM this second Saturday of the month at the Love of the Lake office, northeast corner of Garland Road and Buckner Boulevard.  Look for the crowd drinking free juice and coffee.  Gloves, trash bags, etc. will be provided. Our area includes one of the wonderful prairie restoration areas, so there are always birds and wildflowers to enjoy.  Brunch afterwards.  Trip rated: Easy. Leader: Carol Nash Send Email 214-455-2115

Meeting IconMay 18 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting

The Outings Committee meets tonight at 6:30, upstairs at Whole Foods Market, SE quadrant of Preston Road and Forest Lane, Dallas. Anyone interested in outings is invited to participate. Reply to Mark to be added to the advance agenda email list or to suggest an item for the agenda.   Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Service Outing IconMay 21 (Sat) Trail Maintenance at Cedar Ridge Preserve

Come to the hilly terrain of Cedar Ridge Preserve to help maintain one of the better trail networks in Dallas.  The Sierra Club is responsible for the Possum Haw Trail.  We work here on third Saturdays of almost every month, starting at 9 AM, working until approximately noon.  The Preserve's address is 7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas.  For directions and general information about Cedar Ridge Preserve, click this link.   If you need more information or want to carpool, call or email me. Contact: Ginger Bradley Send Email 469-223-7902

Class IconMay 22 (Sun) Outdoor Leader Training 101 class

Sierra Club members are invited to participate in a class teaching culture, rules and skills for Sierra Club outings leaders. This is one of four training exercises for leaders: 1) OLT 101; 2) OLT 201 (sequel class for leaders of outings that are overnight or far from cars); 3) Wilderness First Aid (Basic First Aid is the alternative for leaders of only day hikes); 4) leadership of a "provisional" outing, accompanied by another leader. Upon completion of those steps, the Outings Committee determines when a prospective leader is ready to independently lead a Sierra Club outing.  

HikersThe class is from 1 to 5 PM at the Whole Foods Market, southeast corner of Preston Road and Forest Lane in Dallas, upstairs. There is no class fee.  Prospective leaders and current leaders who want to renew OLT 101 training are encouraged to participate.  Please reply so we can anticipate group size and materials to prepare.  We won't repeat this class until 2017.  SAVE THE DATE and also the dates for OLT 201 (June 11-12).  Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Bus Trip IconMay 27-30 (Fri-Mon) Davis Mountains Explorapalooza

McDonald Observatory at nightHave a memorable Memorial Day weekend in sky island locations near Fort Davis, Alpine and Marfa, Texas, elevation 4,400 to 6,800'. Meet our chartered bus (not a sleeper bus) Friday morning in Dallas to cruise to Fort Davis. We've reserved campsites at Fort Davis State Park and cabins and "camp rooms" at Stone Village Tourist Camp, a renovated 1935 tourist court in Fort Davis town for a three-night stay. We'll take in a night Sky Party at the McDonald Observatory, a guided hike at the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute, the Museum of the Big Bend, an afternoon to explore Marfa, an evening to view the mysterious Marfa Lights, a morning hike on the palisades above historic Fort Davis and a couple hours by the huge desert spring at Balmorhea State Park. All this happens before Monday night when you return to Dallas! For complete trip details and sign-up forms, please download this PDF. Coordinator: Annie Wilson Send Email 682-232-4980

Canoe IconJun 4-5 (Sat-Sun) Brazos River Canoe and Kayak Trip

Join us on the Brazos River for a weekend of paddling 19.5 miles on a Texas Scenic River. We'll start Saturday at 9 A.M. at Rochelle’s Canoe Rental, Graford, Texas. Our flotilla will put in below Possum Kingdom Dam and finish in the early afternoon of the next day, a perfect weekend trip.  The weather should be warm, but not too hot this time of year.  We'll camp one night on an island about halfway to the finish. The trip is rated moderate as one or two category 1 rapids are on our reach of the river. Hear coyotes at night and see hawks and longhorn cattle during the day. Rochelle’s rents canoes and operates a shuttle to the trip start. See Rochelle's website at www.rochellescanoerental.com. To participate, contact outings leader Terry Sullivan to discuss availability of space and procedure for payment. The trip is limited to ten boats, so call Terry early. Leader: Terry Sullivan Send Email 214-533-9899

Service Outing IconJun 11 (Sat) White Rock Lake Clean-up

Walk and talk while picking up trash and recyclables at the Sierra Club's adopted section of White Rock Lake Park. Meet at 8:15 AM this second Saturday of the month at the Love of the Lake office, northeast corner of Garland Road and Buckner Boulevard.  Look for the crowd drinking free juice and coffee.  Gloves, trash bags, etc. will be provided. Our area includes one of the wonderful prairie restoration areas, so there are always birds and wildflowers to enjoy.  Brunch afterwards.  Trip rated: Easy. Leader: Carol Nash Send Email 214-455-2115

Class IconJun 11-12 (Sat-Sun) Outdoor Leader Training 201

Save these dates for the sequel to the May 22 OLT 101 class.  OLT 201 will be a Saturday overnight outing at Dinosaur Valley State Park.  Saturday start time will be determined later, but the outing will adjourn to lunch on Sunday. Topics expand on OLT 101, including a hike to demonstrate issues of group management in outdoor situations.  Sierra Club members who have completed OLT 101 are  invited to participate.  There's no class fee.   Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Meeting IconJun 15 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting

The Outings Committee meets tonight at 6:30, upstairs at Whole Foods Market, SE quadrant of Preston Road and Forest Lane, Dallas. Upon conclusion, we typically adjourn to Pei Wei for dinner. Anyone interested in outings is invited to participate. Reply to Mark to be added to the advance agenda email list or to suggest an item for the agenda.   Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Service Outing IconJun 18 (Sat) Trail Maintenance at Cedar Ridge Preserve

Come to the hilly terrain of Cedar Ridge Preserve to help maintain one of the better trail networks in Dallas.  The Sierra Club is responsible for the Possum Haw Trail.  We work here on third Saturdays of almost every month, starting at 8 AM, working until approximately 11:00.  The Preserve's address is 7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas.  For directions and general information about Cedar Ridge Preserve, click this link.   If you need more information or want to carpool, call or email me. Contact: Ginger Bradley Send Email 469-223-7902

Backpack IconJul 25-28 (Mon-Thu) Backpack around the Collegiate Peaks, Colorado

view from Cottonwood PassBackpack four days and three-nights in central Colorado, near Buena Vista. Allow two days on each end of the outing to drive from Dallas or a day to fly to Denver and drive. We'll hike from trailheads along the beautiful Cottonwood Pass Road. Hike routes are about 20 miles, with your choice of a western trip to Hartenstein Lake, Brown's Pass and the Texas Lakes, or an eastern trip to Hartenstein Lake, Brown's Pass and Kroenke Lake. Hikes start around 10,000' and reach 12,000+' on the Continental Divide. Participants may opt to camp together the night before this outing and share large group cabins at Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort on the exit day, but these arrangements are optional. Previous backpacking experience is required, preferably at altitude. There is no fee for the outing, but a deposit to hold a place is required . Complete trip details and sign-up information is in this PDF document. Coordinator: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Bus Trip IconSep 2-6 (Fri-Tue) Santa Fe Peaks and Foothills, New Mexico

Enjoy three days of backpacking or day hiking--your choice--near Santa Fe this Labor Day weekend. Board our chartered sleeper bus in Dallas Friday night. Wake to breakfast in Santa Fe. Two trip itineraries backpack three days in the high mountains. Two other trip itineraries make day hikes and sleep in comfy cabins outside the city. Arrive back to Dallas by daybreak Tuesday. Details will be published here in mid-May 2016.  Coordinator: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Car Camp IconOct 14-16 (Fri-Sun) Beavers Bend State Park, Oklahoma

Beavers Bend State ParkSAVE THESE 2016 DATES so you can join us for this relaxing weekend of fall beauty in scenic southeastern Oklahoma. We have an entire group compound reserved, complete with your choice of rustic cabin or tent camping, bathhouse and dining hall with kitchen. We'll offer Saturday hike options ranging from a one-mile nature trail to a 7-mile roller-coaster trail up and down and over the skyline ridges. The park offers many family-friendly activities you can enjoy. We'll offer a Saturday night catered dinner option. More trip details and price and reservation information will be available in July 2016. Trip rated: Kid Friendly. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

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